Two hundred and twenty Law enforcement officers graduated today from the FBI National Academy Program at Quantico, Virginia. The 249th Session of the National Academy consisted of men and women from 49 states. Included in the class are members of law enforcement agencies from the District of Columbia, 26 international countries, three military organizations, and four federal civilian organizations.
Two Maui Police Department officers were among the graduating class. On March 16th, 2014, Sterling Kiyota was promoted to the Rank of Captain and is currently assigned as the Lahaina Patrol Division Commander. On February 1, 2015, Ricky Uedoi was promoted to the Rank of Captain and is currently assigned as the Molokai Patrol Division Commander.
Internationally known for its academic excellence, the National Academy Program, held at the FBI Academy, offers 11 weeks of advanced investigative, management, and fitness training for selected officers having proven records as professionals within their agencies. On average, these officers have 19 years of law enforcement experience and usually return to their agencies to serve in executive-level positions.
FBI Director James Comey, was the principal speaker at the graduation ceremony.
Training for the program is provided by the FBI Academy instructional staff, Special Agents, and other staff members holding advanced degrees, many of whom are recognized internationally in their fields of expertise.
Since 1972, National Academy students have been able to earn undergraduate and graduate credits from the University of Virginia due to the accreditation by the university of the many courses offered.
The graduating officers will be represented by the class spokesperson, Michael Dahl, Captain, with the Washington State Patrol, in Olympia, Washington. A total of 47,898 graduates now represent the FBI National Academy since it began in July, 1935. Of this number, approximately 16,233 are still active law enforcement work.